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Citizenship Under Siege Webinar Series from TDC and AAC&U

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Citizenship Under Siege:
Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement

Fall 2016 Webinar Series

The US Constitution’s preamble speaks of “We the People”—but who is considered part of that sacred circle, and how has this group varied over time? When national identity is hotly contested, what does it mean to experience citizenship as partial, denied, or fully acknowledged? How can the humanities illuminate differing narratives and open up space for understanding, connections, and shared visions of the future?

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment invite faculty, staff, students, and campus community partners to join in one or all of three FREE webinars. These events are designed to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences.

More information is available here.

A Three-Part Series
3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

From Fractious Differences to Engaged Dialogues (October 13, 2016)
How can texts and techniques from the humanities disrupt unexamined positions, put human faces to abstract ideas, and help open up spaces where dialogue and consensus might emerge on historic and contemporary questions about citizenship and who deserves it? What models exist for training dialogue facilitators who can help encourage listening and perspective taking across seemingly intractable positions? (Register online)

Income Inequality and the Cost of Citizenship (October 27, 2016)
When economic disparities—often intertwined with ethnic, racial, and religious differences—impose real limitations on public participation, how can the humanities provide insights into the historic and persistent reality of differential access to full citizenship rights? Learn how several campuses have engaged their students and communities in examining this issue. (Register online)

I Want My Country Back: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship (November 3, 2016)
In the midst of sometimes-dramatic demographic and cultural shifts, how have the humanities served to illuminate felt experiences, historical contexts, and ethical issues as the rich mosaic of people in the United States fluctuates? What approaches, courses, and public events lead to shared ends rather than perpetual conflict or feelings of displacement? (Register online)

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these webinars do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Join us in Welcoming Interim TDC National Manager, Verdis Robinson!

Please join us in welcoming Verdis Robinson as the new interim national manager of The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC, as you know, is our sister community college civic learning and democratic engagement project.


New TDC interim national manager Verdis Robinson at #CLDE16.

Verdis comes to the position as a tenured assistant professor having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning history courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s The Democracy Commitment (TDC) campus coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, he has served on TDC national steering committee and on the advisory council for the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative.

Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s faculty seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ faculty seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West.  Additionally, he is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 300 members of Rochester community in discussion and learning.

Verdis holds a B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

You can read a message from Verdis here.

Welcome, Verdis!

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